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Former ‘It Girl’, who was diagnosed with a brain tumour last year, found dead at her London home
Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, the socialite, TV presenter and friend of the royal family, has been found dead at her London flat.
The former “It Girl” who had appeared on the show I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here, had recently revealed she was being treated for a brain tumour, a non-malignant growth in her pituitary gland.
Scotland Yard said the ambulance service called officers at 1.40pm on Wednesday to an address in south-west London. It said: “A woman, aged in her 40s, was pronounced dead at the scene. At this early stage police are not treating the death as suspicious. Inquiries into the circumstances are ongoing. The coroner has been informed.” Next of kin were also told.
The 45-year-old was the daughter of the former Olympic skier and landowner Charles Palmer-Tomkinson and his wife, Patricia, who are friends of Prince Charles. Her older sister, Santa Montefiore, an author, is married to the historian and novelist Simon Sebag Montefiore.
The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall said they were “deeply saddened and our thoughts are so much with the family”.
(Story culled from the Guardian)